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Originally shared by Berea-Midpark science teacher Kelly Baumgartner

As part of our AVID initiative at the high school Costa’s Levels of Thinking were shared within our department to share a variety of strategies to increase rigor within the science classroom.  Teachers are encouraged to  keep this visual tool close to where they lesson plan to spark awareness of what type of questioning in they’re including within their lesson plans.

Level 1 Gathering form the base upon which Level 2 Processing and ultimately the high level skill of Level 3 Applying  could be reached.


The most dynamic classrooms tap into each of the three levels. Teacher can begin by purposefully building questions into their lesson plans that use the adjectives found within the graphic organizer above.